UCO ALUMNA CREATES SCHOLARSHIP FOR FALLEN SOLDIER

University of Central Oklahoma alumna Megan Ewy has established the 2nd Lt. Jered Ewy Endowed Military Scholarship in honor of her husband, who recently died at age 33 in combat while in Afghanistan.

Jered Ewy, also a Central alumnus, graduated from Putnam City North High School and enlisted in 1998 to become an Army Ranger. He served two tours of duty before transferring back to Oklahoma as a National Guard instructor so he could earn his degree in criminal justice from Central.

“Jered was a big advocate of the military and going to college,” said Ewy.

“I felt the best way to honor his legacy was to create a scholarship that would financially aid veterans and soldiers furthering their education.”

Jered Ewy was granted a 10-day paternity leave in June to see the birth of his daughter Kyla. It was upon his return to duty in Afghanistan that an improvised explosive device killed both him and fellow Oklahoma soldier Pcs. Augustus Vicari of Broken Arrow. His new daughter was only two months old.

“Jered’s death was a heartbreaking loss for not only the Ewy family, but also our Oklahoma community. He was a wonderful ambassador for our university and state, and he truly embodied the very qualities we would hope to see in all our graduates,” said Anne Holzberlein, vice president for Development at UCO and executive director of the UCO Foundation.

 “We are so honored to help Megan celebrate Jered’s life and legacy through the creation of this scholarship.”

To apply, students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and be currently serving in the military or previously enlisted but honorably or medically discharged.

The scholarship will be awarded for the first time this spring.

For more information or how you can contribute, contact Judy Reyes-Henderson, development manager for the College of Education and Professional Studies at(405) 974-2763 or jreyeshenderson@uco.edu.

To read Edmond Outlook’s September cover story on Jered, click here

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